Group: Youth in Local Food Systems

Welcome

We are an expanding network of educators, mentors, community activists, local foods entrepreneurs, students, parents,and interested others who are committed to supporting the expansion and realization of opportunities for youth in the broadly defined local food system.  We are committed to including people from the rural, urban, and suburban areas, and from the full range of socioeconomic, personal and ethnic backgrounds.  We believe firmly in the promise of education and the accompanying obligation to successfully educate all students.  We also believe the best educational practices put students squarely in the middle of our mental maps, curricular and program designs, and planning and evaluation processes.  We support open communication and collaboration and believe that, when done well, the inclusion of many perspectives actually strengthens our objectivity and impact.  

This mission statement, provided by Ross MacDonald, is to be considered an initial draft for the consideration of group members and hopefully to be sharpened and strengthened. 

This group is moderated, meaning we will screen those who wish to join so as to protect the site from illegitimate or spamming purposes.   

Recent Posts

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Michelle Ajamian ...
Aug 28, 1:44pm
Shagbark Seed & Mill, a regional scale certified organic seed and flour mill famous for using only Ohio Grown, chemical free, or certified organic crops, is in the running for a $10,000 prize from Martha Stewart's American Made contest....
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Meagan Tehua
Jul 3, 7:54pm
Goodness Grows held three taste tests in June as a part of this project, "Youngstown Eats Local Produce," as I call it.  Our focus crops were strawberries, rhubarb, zucchini, and peas.   Two sessions were held at Boardman...
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Kwodwo Ababio
Feb 16, 3:24pm
Recently in the Columbus Dispatch Senators Chris Widener, Cliff Hite and Peggy Lehners join forces to endorsed opening a school called "Global Impact STEM Academies" in Springfield, OH.  see attached link  http://...
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Megan Shoenfelt
Sep 19, 9:51am
Dear friends and colleagues, We'll gather again on October 7 for another rewarding day of working together towards Ben Stinner's vision of healthier agroecosystems and sustainable communities. Please have a look at the attached invitation to...
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Anne Scott
May 27, 11:20am
 This is far away for those of use in the midwest and further west, but the Food Project is an incredible leader in youth engagement in food systems. I have participated in their workshops before and learned a great deal.   Just passing...

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